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  • Their Eyes Were Watching God Chapter 1 Vocabulary bander log group of people with no leader or law

    dilated widened; expanded

    pugnacious aggressive

    resignation an act of surrender

    sodden dull or expressionless

    treacherous not trustworthy; deceptive

    1. Who are the sitters referred to in the following quotation? Why does the author compare

    them to mules? These sitters had been tongueless, earless, eyeless conveniences all day long. Mules and other

    brutes had occupied their skins.

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    2. Find an example of personification in this chapter.

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    3. Why does Pheoby go to talk to Janie?

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    4. What is Pheoby saying about the porch sitters in the statement, An envious heart makes

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    5. Why do you think Janie tells Pheoby her story? Why is Pheoby eager to hear it?

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    6. The first and last paragraph of this chapter talk about time and the horizon. What do you

    think the horizon symbolizes? What do you think Hurston is saying about the impact of

    time on mankinds search?

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    Chapter 2 Vocabulary beglamored enchanted

    Chickamauga a bloody Civil War battle

    desecrating violating the sacredness of

    dissolution ending by breaking down

    lacerating ripping, tearing

    quested searched; journeyed

    sanctum a place free from intrusion

    sister-calyxes a large group of cuplike flowers

    1. Why is Janie called Alphabet by the white Washburn family?

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    2. What reasons does Janies grandmother, Nanny, have for purchasing land and a house

    separate from the Washburns home?

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    3. What do you think the pear tree symbolizes in this story?

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    4. Why is the kiss by Johnnie Taylor the end of her childhood?

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    5. Why does Janie think Logan Killicks was desecrating the pear tree?

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    6. What does the following quotation say about Nannys view of men and her reasons for

    wanting Janie to marry Logan Killicks? So de white man throw down de load and tell de nigger man tuh pick it up. He pick it up

    because he have to, but he dont tote it. He hand it to his womenfolks. De nigger woman is de

    mule uh de world so fur as Ah can see. Ah been prayin fuh it tuh be different wid you.

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    7. What dreams is Nanny referring to in the following quotation? Are they Nannys dreams

    or Janies? Ah was born back due in slavery so it wasnt for me to fulfill my dreams of whut a woman oughta

    be and to do. Dats one of de hold-backs of slavery. But nothing cant stop you from wishin.

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    8. What do we learn about Janies grandfather in the flashback to Nannys youth? What do

    we learn about Janies father?

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    9. Why is this novel considered an example of a frame narrative?

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    mien an appearance

    mouldy old and crumbling

    1. What indications are there that Janie marries Logan Killicks hoping to find love?

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    2. What does Janie dislike about her husband?

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    3. What do you think Nanny prays for the night before her death?

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    4. How does Mr. Killicks treat Janie?

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    Chapter 4 1. Why does Mr. Killicks go to Lake City?

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    2. Briefly describe Joe Starks. In what sense is he a caricature of a black man who embraces

    the white mans definition of a strong, powerful man?

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    3. What is Joe Starkss dream? What does he see as her place in his dream?

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    4. How does Janie hurt Logan before she leaves? How does he try to get back at her?

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    Chapter 5 Vocabulary boisterously in a loud and noisy manner

    calico a coarse, brightly printed cloth

    capers playful pranks

    gloaty displaying great pleasure or self-satisfaction

    incredulous expressive of disbelief

    innovations things newly introduced

    jurisdiction the extent of authority

    peeved annoyed, irritated

    percale a cotton fabric

    portly majestic, stately

    promenading displaying with pride

    sauntered walked at a leisurely pace

    temerity foolhardy disregard of danger

    tittered laughed nervously

    1. What does Joe Starks do that surprises the townspeople? How do the men react to Janie?

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    2. Why does Janie go home after the town meeting feeling cold?

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    3. How does Janie feel about being the mayors wife?

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    4. Support that the following statement is true for Joe Starks: But any man who walks in the

    way of power and property is bound to meet hate.

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    5. What does the following quotation suggest is wrong with Janies and Joes relationship? Ah often wonder how dat lit wife uh hisn makes out wid him, cause hes uh man dat changes

    everything, but nothin dont change him.

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    Chapter 6 Vocabulary

  • bridled harnessed; controlled

    coquetry flirtation

    decorum appropriate behavior or conduct

    dilemma a choice between options that are equally unfavorable

    discomfiture perplexity and embarrassment

    distended swollen from internal pressure

    dudgeon a feeling of intense anger

    figuratively not literally; in a symbolic manner

    fractious cranky, unruly

    hackled irritated; extremely insulted

    hyperbole an exaggeration

    indignantly angrily

    ponderous lacking grace

    proffered offered for acceptance

    1. Why is the mule talk in front of the store both entertaining and frustrating for Janie?

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    2. What prompts Joe to insist that Janie wear a rag over her hair?

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    3. How does Joe become a big man in Janies eyes?

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    4. How does Joe explain the odd spectacle of the dead mule on its back with its feet sticking

    up in the air?

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    5. Why is Janie excluded from the mules funeral?

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    6. Local color is defined as the details and descriptions that are common to a certain place.

    Some critics point out that Hurston presents the local color of the black community

    through the stories told on the front porch of the store. Find two examples of local color

    in this chapter. Briefly state what is learned about the community from the stories.

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    7. Folklore is the body of customs, superstitions, stories, dances and songs that have been

    passed down through oral tradition. In what ways is the story about the mule an example

    of the towns folklore?

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    8. What event in Janies marriage convinces her that Joe is not the wonderful man she thought

    she was marrying? How does she survive in the marriage without losing her identity?

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    9. At the end of the chapter, Janie finally speaks her mind. According to Janie, what is Gods

    opinion of women? How does she think he will judge the mens behavior toward women?

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    Chapter 7 Vocabulary commiserated felt sorrow or pity for

    fractious unruly

    promontories projecting parts

    prostrating lying in a state of humility or submission

    stolidness an indifference to pleasure or pain

    1. Why does Joe start hassling Janie about her age?

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    2. What does Janie say to Joe in front of his friends that humiliates him? What does he do to

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    Chapter 8 Vocabulary ostentatiously with a showy display of knowledge

    1. Why does Joe have Mrs. Davis cook his meals instead of Janie?

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    2. Cite a quotation illustrating how Hurston uses personification of describe death.

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    3. What does Joe think must happen before he can be cured?

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    4. What does Janie tell her husband just before he dies?

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    5. How does Janie symbolically express her freedom from Joe after his death?

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    6. Support or refute the following statement: Joe Starks is a static character.

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    Chapter 9 Vocabulary usurper one who takes by force

    1. What does the following quotation illustrate about Janies feelings toward Nanny? But Nanny belonged to that other kind that loved to deal in scraps. Here Nanny had taken the

    biggest thing God ever made, the horizonfor no matter how far a person can go the horizon is

    still way beyond youand pinched it in to such a little bit of a thing that she could tie it about

    her granddaughters neck tight enough to choke her.

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    2. What does Janie feel at her husbands funeral?

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    3. Why does Hezekiah amuse Janie?

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    4. Besides removing the head rag, what changes does Janie make in her daily life?

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    Chapter 10 Vocabulary cold-cocked knocked down with force

    scimitars swords

    1. On the day of their first meeting, what two things does Tea Cake do with Janie that help

    her to like him immediately?

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    2. Why does Janie trust Tea Cake enough to let him help her shut up the store and walk her

    home?

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    Chapter 11 Vocabulary abyss an immeasurable depth

    excruciating intensely painful

    temporized evaded immediate decision so as to gain time

    1. Why is Janie afraid to ask Hezekiah about Tea Cake?

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    2. What new experience does Tea Cake give to Janie in this chapter?

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    3. Why does Janie take a good look at her mouth, eyes, and hair before going to bed?

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    4. What do you think Tea Cake means when he says Ah ruther be shot wid tacks than fuh

    you tuh act wid me lak you is right now. You got me in de go-long?

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    5. Why do you think Janie compares Tea Cake to the pear tree in the following quotation? He could be a bee to a blossoma pear tree blossom in the spring.

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    6. What two new experiences does Tea Cake provide for Janie in this chapter?

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    Chapter 12 1. Why are the townspeople mad that Janie is seeing Tea Cake?

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    2. What does Janie mean when she says, Ah done lived Grandmas way, now Ah means tuh

    live mine?

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    3. Why is Janie selling the store instead of living there with Tea Cake?

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    Chapter 13 Vocabulary denounce to accuse formally

    meriny characteristic of a fine, soft wool yarn

    1. Why does Janie not tell Tea Cake about the two hundred dollars she has pinned inside her

    shirt?

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    2. Who is Mrs. Tyler? Why is Janie worried about being like her?

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    3. What do you think of Tea Cakes reasons for staying away all night without contacting

    Janie? Do you think Janies reaction to his story is believable?

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    4. What secret profession does Tea Cake reveal to Janie in this chapter? What purchases

    does he make for his profession?

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    5. Why does Tea Cake keep Janies two hundred dollars?

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    6. What is the muck?

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    Chapter 14 Vocabulary jooks roadside establishments offering liquor, dancing, and gambling

    Okechobee a lake in South Central Florida

    phosphorescent glowing

    transients those who stay only a brief time

    1. Why do Janie and Tea Cake look for a room with a bathtub?

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    2. What new skill does Tea Cake teach Janie while they are waiting for the picking season to

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    3. How does Tea Cake get Janie to join the rest of the women in the fields? Why does he

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  • 4. Why is Janie sorry for her friends in Eatonville and scornful of the other people she has

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    Chapter 15 Vocabulary emanations that which flows from a source

    1. Why do you think Hurston devotes an entire chapter to Janies jealousy of Tea Cake and

    Nunkie?

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    Chapter 16 Vocabulary defilement to violate the purity of

    desecrators those who ruin the sacredness of something

    groveling crawling in humility or submission

    insensate foolish; unfeeling

    transmutation changing from one form to another

    1. What is Mrs. Turners appalling attitude toward black men like Tea Cake?

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    2. Why does Tea Cake decide that he does not want to eat at Mrs. Turners restaurant anymore?

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    3. Why does Mrs. Turner persist in visiting Janie even though Janie tries to discourage the visits?

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    4. Find a comment in this chapter showing Tea Cakes opinion of Mrs. Turners bigoted

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    5. In what ways may the character of Mrs. Turner be a caricature of the black person corrupted

    by the standards of white culture?

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    Chapter 17 1. Why does Tea Cake beat Janie?

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    2. Support or refute the following statement: Tea Cake only pretends to help Mrs. Turner

    and is really trying to start a fight.

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    3. Why does Mrs. Turners husband, son, or brother not help her stop the fight?

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    Chapter 18 Vocabulary grotesques bizarre distortions in appearance

    havoc widespread destruction

  • oblique having a sloping direction

    peevish ill-tempered

    preempted taken for oneself before others

    subtleties the qualities of being crafty

    1. How are Janie and Tea Cake forewarned about the impending hurricane? Why do they

    ignore the warning?

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    2. A legend is a story about a person or event that may or may not be true; legends are passed

    on through oral traditions. Find an example of a legend in this chapter.

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    3. Briefly describe Motor Boat.

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    4. In what way does Janie believe in fate and accept her troubles as the will of God.

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    5. The title for this story is embedded in the following quotation. Why do you think Hurston

    choose this title? What do you think she is saying about life in general? They sat in company with the others in shanties, their eyes straining against crude walls and

    their souls asking if He meant to measure their puny might against His. They seemed to be

    staring at the dark, but their eyes were watching God.

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    6. Why does Janie fall into the water?

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    7. How does Janie get out of the water? How is Tea Cake injured?

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    8. Find an example of personification in this chapter.

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    9. Briefly describe the dog that is riding on the cows back.

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    Chapter 19 Vocabulary delirium a temporary state of mental confusion

    disgorged expelled from the throat

    dishevelment messy hair or clothes

    ferocity savage wildness or fury

    malice a desire to see others suffer

    supplication a plea; an earnest request

    wanton cruel; merciless

    1. How do the men determine which bodies are white and which bodies are black? What do

    they do with the corpses once they decide their race?

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    2. Jim Crow Laws is the name given to the laws in the Southern states used to separate

    blacks and whites in restaurants, public restrooms, transportation, etc. What do you think

    Tea Cake is saying in the following quotation? Theys mighty particular how dese dead folks goes tuh judgment, Tea Cake observed to the man

    working next to him. Look lak dey think God dont know nothin bout de de Jim Crow law.

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    3. Why does Tea Cake decide to go where de white folks know me?

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    4. What happens to Motor Boat in the storm?

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    5. What indications are there in the story that both Tea Cake and Janie know Tea Cake has

    rabies even before they send for the doctor?

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    6. Find a quotation in this chapter showing that Janie prays for Gods help, but also accepts

    that the decision over Tea Cakes fate may already have been made.

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    7. Why does Janie not remove the bullets from Tea Cakes gun? If she loves him so much,

    why does she shoot him with the rifle?

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    8. How are the circumstances of Tea Cakes death an example of irony? How can Tea Cakes

    death be considered a blessing for him?

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    9. Why do you think Janie would have preferred having white women on the jury instead of

    white men?

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    10. How do the black people at the trial demonstrate their bigotry toward women?

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    11. Why is it significant that Janie attends Tea Cakes funeral in her overalls instead of the

    expensive clothes she wears to Joe Starks funeral?

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    Chapter 20 Vocabulary fetid having an offensive smell

    1. What is Janie telling Pheoby about love in the following quotation?

  • Love is lak de sea. Its uh movin thing, but still and all, it takes its shape from de shore it meets,

    and its different with every shore.

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    2. Find a quotation stating the two things Janie says all people must do for themselves?

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    3. What does Pheoby do to change her own life after listening to Janies adventures with Tea

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    4. In the following, what do you think the horizon symbolizes? What does the following

    quotation suggest about how Janie plans to live the rest of her life? She pulled in her horizon like a great fish-net. Pulled it from around the waist of the world and

    draped if over her shoulder. So much of life in its meshes! She called in her soul to come and see.

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